Graphic Design

BDes (Hons)

2022/23 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Design with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:

Belfast School of Art

Campus:

Belfast campus

UCAS code:

W220
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2022

Clearing Grades:

BCC

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This innovative degree explores the creative and diverse use of words, pictures, and ideas and problem solving. You will explore areas including branding, advertising, art direction, image-making, typography, motion graphics, photography, UI and UX design.

Career Options

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Creative Art Director
  • Motion Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Freelance Designer
Contact our Admissions Team to apply now

With this degree you could become:

  • Graphic designer
  • Brand Director
  • Creative Art Director
  • Digital Designer
  • Motion designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Multi-disciplinary Designer
  • Start up / Freelance

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Genesis Advertising
  • Ardmore Advertising
  • AV Browne
  • Mammoth Design
  • McCadden Design
  • Big Motive
  • Pale Blue Dot

Overview

Creative use of words and pictures for every type of communication.

Summary

Graphic Design is about the creative and diverse use of words, pictures, language, ideas and problem solving. Our approach to Graphic Design explores areas such as advertising, branding, image-making, and typography, for traditional and digital contexts, including motion graphics and interface design.

Thinking and ideas are central to producing good work. We value research, the design process and professionalism. Our analytical approach enables our students to engage with exciting design challenges, react to a rapidly changing industry and to develop as sensitive and intelligent designers.

Foundation Year

A foundation diploma year gives you the opportunity to explore a range of art and design approaches and disciplines to help you choose your undergraduate specialism.

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About this course

About

Like most university courses the learning process in Graphic Design happens through modules. These modules have been designed to take the student through a journey of acquiring new skills, exploring the subject area and developing the individuals creativity. They are individually assessed and accumulated as you progress.

Our facilities include dedicated Graphic Design studios with access to iMacs and a technician who will help and support.

Year 1 is spent developing awareness of the subject. Subjects like typography are often new and take some time to become familiar with. You will carry out projects that help develop your skills with words and images while deepening your understanding of how this can be used to communicate in a wider society. You will work in a dynamic studio environment and learn via lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Year 2 is about increasing your skills and knowledge and applying them in a range of ways including branding, photography, advertising and motion graphics. Projects will include live competition briefs and projects throughout the course.

Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI)

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, students have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for students to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to their final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides students with a range of experiences and skills relative to their practice, future career and professional development.

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

On completion of Year 2, students have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for students to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year 3 is when students are encouraged to become increasingly independent in their working methods and in their choice of project. Students are encouraged to take part in major national/international student competitions such as Design and Art Direction (D&AD), the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and Young Creative Network (YCN).

Linked programmes

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Attendance

Full Time

Three years (with option of four years with optional paid placement).

Attendance on the course is made up of taught sessions, lectures, seminars/tutorials, peer review/feedback, supervised studio and independent study.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory and it is expected that you will engage not only with the taught elements but also with independent learning in the provided studio environment where your individual learning can be expanded through informal conversations with fellow students.

Start dates

  • September 2022

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching methods

Formal presentations, briefings, lectures and ‘hands on’ workshops form the core of each module. Modules include group tutorials, seminars, feedback and IT training sessions in all three years. Illustration students are given assistance in directed and independent learning, so that they can make the most effective use of resources and of the image/information networks. We also expect Illustration students to be interested in art and the media in the broadest sense and to reflect on such work through personal logs. The professional aspects mean that elements of entrepreneurship are built into almost every module.

Assessment

At each level, modules are assessed according to specific criteria and weightings which are published before the beginning of the semester. Assessment is both formative and summative, and, where appropriate, criteria are written to encourage risk-taking, enterprise and experimentation.

Feedback on your work helps you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop and improve your work throughout the course.

Marks for all Final Year modules contribute to the final classification of the honours degree.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.

Belfast campus

The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter.

Accommodation

High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.

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Belfast Campus Location

Campus Address

Ulster University,
York St,
Belfast
BT15 1ED

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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Graphic Design 1

Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce the basic principles of Graphic Design. There will be an emphasis on awareness, processes, making, doing, and decision-making. The module helps students understand graphic design as a problem solving process requiring intellectual reasoning as well as creative output. The core area of study will be an introduction to the role of typography and images in graphic design in static and motion and interactive forms across the diverse range of print and digital media. Importantly it will explain and contextualize the role of Graphic Design in contemporary and wider practice. The module also introduces students to the important concept of 'taking responsibility for their own learning', helping students understand that degree level study requires high levels of critical self-reflection. The module is diagnostic in approach and it is based around a series of tasks across a number of areas all of which are central to visual literacy and which are relevant across the spectrum of Graphic Design practices.

Graphic Design 2

Year: 1

This module is designed to further develop understanding of Graphic Design practice. Students are introduced to practical and theoretical issues relating to working with type and image across different media. Students are taught the importance of layout, hierarchy and working with typography as fundamentals to successful Graphic Design - therefore it is important to establish clear best practice at this early stage of the course. The module seeks to explore the constant evolution of graphic design through practical projects alongside historical and theoretical material. Students are required to discuss these issues in class. Awareness of contexts for graphic design practice such as branding, advertising art direction, digital networks and motion design, book and editorial design, will be explored.

Influences

Year: 1

This module immerses students in the widest possible range of cultures and practices around Graphic Design. Students will be empowered to begin researching and reflecting independently on themes and practices within and cognate to the cultural/creative industries. Lectures will open up areas for investigation by introducing the notion of influences on Graphic design and the influence of Graphic Design. Fundamental research, writing and presentation skills will be developed by students publishing a digital blog of reflective material. Students will gain an essential understanding of the role of Graphic Design within wider cultural/commercial/societal contexts by actively seeking out and engaging with studios, professionals, museums, galleries, events and other contexts.

Research and Writing 1

Year: 1

This module introduces year one students to key ideas and developments in Graphic Design history informing and influencing contemporary practice. Students will gain an appreciation of the wider social, cultural, economic, political and technological contexts of Graphic Design practice. Coursework encourages students to establish solid research, analytical and observation skills to underpin sound research practice.

Year two

Graphic Design 3

Year: 2

The module extends understanding of the individual contexts for contemporary Graphic Design. Students will examine the role that materials and media play in how Graphic Design is conceived, produced and experienced while at the same time considering the professional, cultural and business issues that inform graphic design production. The importance of entrepreneurship throughout the cultural and commercial sector will be introduced and developed. The module further develops working processes, methods and terminology required for Graphic Design in print, online, motion and environmental contexts. Fundamental Graphic Design principles are re-enforced but there is a requirement to experiment with new and traditional media.

Professional Practice 1

Year: 2

In Professional Practice 1 students are introduced to career paths within Graphic Design and cognate areas. Students will gain awareness of employability skills and attributes in a professional context and think strategically about their own career pathway. The module will embed enterprise and entrepreneurship into the curriculum by providing students with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, experiences, behaviours, attributes, and attitudes that enhance their employability, and enable them to successfully transition and contribute to the work environment. The module will provide support for placement preparation, study abroad, work-based learning and professional engagement. One of the strategic aims of Ulster University is to develop workplace readiness balanced with lifelong skills. This module will provide students with opportunities to do this via engagement with local community and industry.

Graphic Design Research

Year: 2

This module examines seminal and recent directions in contextual and academic research and writing on Graphic Design, art direction and wider graphic design discourse. Students learn critical skills, explicit approaches and methodologies and learn how they might apply to practice. Students develop confidence and knowledge in historical and theoretical issues.

Graphic Design and Art Direction

Year: 2

The module provides an important opportunity for students to focus on progressing their graphic design and art direction practice in terms of research, attention to detail, context, innovation and strategic media choices. Students will be challenged to interrogate the role of the designer in the evolving media and technology landscape and to seek innovative forms of practice underpinned by fundamental principles of Graphic Design language.

Year three

Placement

Year: 3

This module is optional

This optional module provides an opportunity for students to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment prior to their final year of study. This module integrates education with the creative industries. It provides students with a range of experiences and skills relative to their practice, future career and professional development. The module is designed to facilitate opportunities for students to interpret and practice their academic knowledge, develop personal, transferrable, professional and entrepreneurial skills and develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of the practitioner within the creative industries. Upon successful completion of the placement year the student is awarded a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI) upon graduation from the course.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

An international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities are desirable qualities in any graduate. This module provides an opportunity to develop these and other graduate attributes through undertaking an extended period of study with the University's partners outside United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Year four

Professional Development

Year: 4

Professional approaches to planning, management and presentation are central to good Design practice and thus to achievement in the final semester. Through use of PDP, preparation of the 'contract' prepares students to identify an appropriate body of work, manage their time effectively and plan appropriately for project delivery. The student's experience on the course has been a broadly based preparation for this final semester when they can integrate their knowledge and skills in the development of a personal profile in Graphic Design and Art Direction.

Students are encouraged to research and network the areas of practice or Post Graduate research most relevant to them and provide insights through reporting, thus enabling their appreciation of professional standards and empowering them to make the transition to practice/postgraduate study more seamless.

Major Projects Portfolio

Year: 4

Major Projects Portfolio is the final studio practice module in Graphic Design and art direction. The module requires the student to work ambitiously and critically as a designer. Students develop a portfolio of work that integrates practical, technical, aesthetic and intellectual knowledge and demonstrates a high level of critical and professional awareness. This 80 credit module spans two semesters and runs concurrently with the dissertation and professional practice modules. The duration of the module fosters ambition, risk-taking and reflection thus allowing individual students to question the nature of their practice and mature at an appropriate individual pace. Students are challenged to engage at an international level through student schemes and competitions such as Art Directors Club, D&AD, ISTD, RSA. Creative problem solving is developed to a more advanced level that requires students to reflect on their individual philosophy of practice. The character of the work should strongly indicate how they see themselves relating to a professional or continuing educational situation and should demonstrate independence, originality and professionalism.

Graphic Design Dissertation

Year: 4

This module extends a critical awareness and intellectual confidence for the student in understanding the context of Graphic Design in a broader art and design discourse via history, theory and analysis. Students learn to integrate practice with theoretical debate and analytical methodologies by identifying pertinent ideas and issues, and then researching and presenting their research.

At the end of the module students will be able to: Undertake an extensive programme of reading and research. Further develop knowledge and understanding of Graphic Design, from a range of historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives. Further develop critical analysis and interpretation skills and applying individual project appropriate research methodologies. Promote an integrated approach between text based and practice based modules and their outcomes. Strengthen a student's ability to debate a self-selected topic and articulate it in dissertation form. Develop intellectual confidence and self-expression.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

Grades BBC

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DDD

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of DMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade C

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BC

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BC

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 – H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 and English Language at grade O4 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades BBCCC

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CDD - CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of between 60% - 70%.)

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants may be selected through portfolio submission and/or interview.

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 45 distinctions in level 5 credits/units may be specified.

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 75 distinctions in level 4 credits/units may be specified.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Genesis Advertising
  • Ardmore Advertising
  • AV Browne
  • Mammoth Design
  • McCadden Design
  • Big Motive
  • Pale Blue Dot

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Graphic designer
  • Brand Director
  • Creative Art Director
  • Digital Designer
  • Motion designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Multi-disciplinary Designer
  • Start up / Freelance

Career options

Graphic Design graduates are successful in the design/ advertising / digital/ photography/ broadcasting/ publishing and promotional industries.

Many of our graduates are now industry leaders and practitioners in Northern Ireland including Stephen Pierce (Armchair & Rocket), Sandra Duffin (Tandem Design), Stephen Moore (AV Browne), Neil Ramsden (McCadden) and Rachel Orr (Big Motive), with graduates regularly attaining employment in leading agencies such as Genesis Advertising, Mammoth, Paperjam, Ardmore Advertising, The Partners (London), Mother (London), Allstate and Deloitte.

Alumni achieve regular success and awards in graphic design, branding, typography, advertising, app / web and book design for industry, international competitions and clients such as: BBC, BT, Guinness, O2, Remus, International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD), D&AD New Blood Awards, Penguin Cover Design Awards, RSA, Young Ones, YCN Student Design Awards and The British Design and Production Awards.

Those wishing to research and develop their own work to a higher level go on to pursue a Masters qualification either at Ulster University or at other institutions in the UK and further afield. There is also the potential for entry onto a PhD.

There are also opportunities for those wishing to teach after the completion of a postgraduate teaching qualification.(PGCE)

Work placement / study abroad

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, you have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for you to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to your final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides you with a range of experiences and skills relative to your practice, future career and professional development.

You also have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for you to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. You will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Professional recognition

More than 30 of our graduates have gained professional recognition through International Student Prizes and Awards for typography, branding, advertising, art direction, app / web and book design, including recently:

  • Frances Smyth, Charlotte Wade, Sarah Nesbitt ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2021
  • Rachael Wright One Club, Young Ones Students Awards 2021
  • Esther Blair ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2020
  • Michelle McCone (D&AD New Blood) Awards Winner 2019
  • Sonibha McAlinden, Rachel Orr, Matthew Butler, Susanne Shaw ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2019
  • Gavin McGovern, Anne Henderson, Michelle McCone (Young Creatives Network for Advertising / campaign design 2019
  • Kate Tracey, Niamh Cassidy ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2018
  • Emma McKernan, Joanne McAlary (D&AD Design & Art Direction) Awards Winner 2018
  • Ciara McLaughlin (Young Creatives Network for Advertising / campaign design 2018
  • Ciara McLaughlin (British Book Design Awards 2018)

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Start dates

  • September 2022

Fees and funding

Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlement Status Fees

£4,630.00

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands Fees

£9,250.00

International Fees

£15,360.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

International Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Value £2,000 scholarship applied as discount to your annual tuition fee. Open to all new international (non-EU) entrants on the first year of a full-time undergraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses, commencing September 2018.

Other scholarships :https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/apply/scholarships

Recent International Student Prizes and Awards include:

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2014

James Kirkpatrick - Best in Book (App Design);

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) Awards 2014

Emma Kenny;

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2013

Christopher Dunlop - Yellow Pencil nomination (Graphic Design/Illustration)

Catherine McConalogue - Best of Year (Open Craft);

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers)Awards 2013

Paul McNally and Karen Shearer;

ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers)Awards 2012

Karla Burns, Sarah Panasch, Declan Mount;

D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Awards, London, 2012

Stephen Pierce - Yellow Pencil Award (Advertising)

Stephen Moffet - Best of Year (Branding)

Tori Phillips - Best of Year (Communication);

D&AD Awards, London 2011

Jonathan McKee - First Prize (Animation);

AOI Best of British Illustration 2011 (Association of Illustrators, London)

Peter Strain - National Critics Award (Illustration).

Additional mandatory costs

Students purchase materials for their own coursework.

Consumable workshop contribution of up to £100 is optional and contributes to materials used by students.

Field trips may incur additional costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Apply now through Clearing for September 2022 start

This innovative degree explores the creative and diverse use of words, pictures, and ideas and problem solving. You will explore areas including branding, advertising, art direction, image-making, typography, motion graphics, photography, UI and UX design.

Career Options

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Creative Art Director
  • Motion Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Freelance Designer
Contact our Admissions Team to apply now

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